"Cypher presents a sinister twist on your standard music documentary that steers the film into The Blair Witch Project territory....In addition to its connection to the rap world, "cypher" can also mean a secret, encoded way of writing. Cypher itself becomes a kind of puzzle, posing riddles about fame, the entertainment industry, and who's really in control of the film's narrative.'
WORLD PREMIERE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2023
"Queenmaker opens with one of the most jarring and outrageously perfect introductions to any documentary that I’ve ever seen."
- Daily Beast
"Queenmaker is essentially two movies, one a critical assessment of a time and place, the other a portrait of a person who emerged from its absurdity by becoming someone else." - Rolling Stone
"Venus is an artistic masterpiece of epic proportions, blending thought-provoking themes of sensuality, gender, racism and cultural appropriation, and more. It is a creative’s sensory binge-fest, sprinkled with the perfectly timed musical composition set to dynamic colors trips and dream-like tangents."
- Hype Magazine
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER AT THE 2021 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. STREAMING ON HULU
For almost two decades, Tulsa's Greenwood district was a vibrant hub for Black families and entrepreneurs, earning it the nickname "Black Wall Street." When the residents are attacked by an angry white mob in May of 1921, they risk their lives for their beloved community. 2 part docu-series on OWN Network.
"The Obituary of Tunde Johnson defies genre. It is a drama that whips around from psychological thriller to magical realism to generic teen narrative....This is a movie that doesn’t play it safe. And if you can stick it out through the sharp turns, you’ll likely emerge asking the big questions about how to uplift the Tundes of this world."
-The Hollywood Reporter
NOW STREAMING ON HULU.
Documenting the production and release of Lady Gaga's fifth studio album, Joanne, and her halftime performance at Super Bowl LI. Directed by Chris Moukarbel.
STREAMING ON NETFLIX
"Through Wildness, we learn that creation myths are essential to community formation and solidarity, as they help us discover our point of origin and envision our future. The magical-realist lens of the film allowed for Tsang and Rastegar to combat the all-too-real burden of representation—a burden that flattens the existence of contradiction and the multidimensionality of human experiences."
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Images are from the 2015-2017 LA Film Festival posters. Starry night is a detail from Noah Davis's artwork, face in the moon is a detail from Yoskay Yamamoto artwork, Lady with camera is a detail from Carolyn Castaño's artwork. Art work for the Perpetratin' Realism film series poster is by Adrian Armstrong.